, Gloucester, MA

July 12, 2013

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Alone at the top

On Tuesday David Ortiz tied Harold Baines’ record for most career hits as a designated hitter with 1,688 hits, and on Wednesday Ortiz broke the record with a first inning double off Mariners starter Aaron Harang to stand alone atop the list for most career hits as a designated hitter.

Ference gives away jacket

Andrew Ference may not be a member of the Boston Bruins anymore, but the newest addition to the Edmonton Oilers made one last classy gesture before leaving town.

Ference gave the Bruins army ranger jacket, given to the top performer on the team after each playoff win, to Matt Brown, a former Norwood High School hockey player who was paralyzed during a game in 2010.

The jacket was originally given to Ference by Army Sgt. Lucas Carr, who ironically pushed Brown in this year’s Boston Marathon.

Some Sox nuggets

Heading into Thursday’s series finale with Seatte, here are a few interesting nuggets:

Jacoby Ellsbury has hit safely in a season-high 18 straight games, the longest active hit streak in MLB and tied for the longest in the AL this year (teammate Jose Iglesias, 5/27-6/18 and Chicago’s Alex Rios, 5/5-24 both had 18).

With a victory today, the Red Sox can claim their MLB-best 19th series win and would be one series victory away from 20, which is all they had last year. Imagine hitting that mark at the All-Star break?

Study: Golf in Mass. is up

The golf industry says it is a $68 billion business that employs nearly two million people in the U.S. each year. While golf rounds are down across the U.S., that is not the case Massachusetts. According to PGA PerformanceTrak, a golf data collection and benchmarking service from The PGA of America, in the month of May, golf rounds were up 4.2 percent throughout the state, when compared with 2012 data, indicating the first time in the 2013 season that monthly golf rounds were up throughout the state.

— Compiled by Nick Curcuru and Bill Burt